Southport Swimming Club Masters are a group of swimmers, age 18yrs plus who meet at Dunes on at Tuesday/Thursday evening from 8.30pm to 10pm. They also have a session at Marshside Health Club, Slaidburn Crescent, on a Sunday from 7-8pm. Lanes are governed on ability not age, and generally follow a schedule. Anyone is very welcome to come along and have a trial, help with stroke analysis etc can be given. Some swimmers are Competitive, Open Water or tri athletes, others just out to improve. Please contact the website or Helen direct on
10th November Inter Counties at Huddersfield.


Lancashire County Masters Championships
A small group from Southport enter the Lancashire Masters Championships at Blackpool in September.
Karen Barton won 3 gold medals in the backstroke events, while Rachel Derby won the 800m Free and was 5th in the 50m free.
Doreen Gordon won 3 gold medals while Helen Jenkins won 5 gold and 1 silver medal.
The only male swimmers from the club, Rod Barton put his training to good use by finishing 1st in the 50m Breast. Well done everyone.

Also a small number from the club made the journey up to the Lakes to compete in the Coniston End to End swim, Elaine Cooke, Karen, Catherine Riseborough and Madeleine Fishlock showed their stamina by completing this course.

GB Masters
Helen Jenkins was the only competitor from Southport to make the journey to Swansea and she brought home 3 gold medals, 1 silver and one bronze. The Golds came in the 200m Back and Breast and 100m Breast. The silver in 50m Fly and the bronze for 50m Breast.
Coming up are the Cheshire Masters, July and the Welsh Masters in September, also the Lancashire Masters at Blackpool.

A lovely Christmas night out was had at Veronica’s in town, organised by Catherine (Thanks)! Great meal and a good laugh-despite Neil’s jokes! Also great dancing by Elaine and Lyndsay.

A contingent from Southport made the journey to Blackpool for the Lancashire County Masters Championships and came home with medals galore!
The first event, 100 Ind. Medley saw Ruthie Cartwright and Emma Jenkins winning gold, and Helen Jenkins silver medals. In the 200m Free Elaine Cooke came 2nd and Doreen Gordon was first in her age group.
50m Back saw Emma, Helen, Doreen and Karen Barton all winning while Neil Jackson was 2nd in the men’s category.  100 Breast was a Jenkins success,  Helen and Emma both winning, while in the 50m free, Sara Lang and Doreen won and Elaine Cooke was 2nd.
200 back winners were Emma, Karen and Neil. Ruthie swam a great race in the 800 free winning easily. Again winning Helen swam 200breast and Ruthie 50fly. In the 100 free Elaine came 3rd and Doreen won. 50m breast saw gold for Ruthie and Helen and finishing off in the 100m back, all winners from Southport were Helen, Karen and Neil.

Helen recently competed in the European Masters in Slovenia and came home with a 2nd and 3rd Medal, and also finished with two 4th places and two 6th.

Good luck to Karen & Rod, Ruthie & Neil who will soon be off to Australia to the Pan Pacific Masters.


Dee Mile 2018

Just before the start of the race, Club Coaches, Masters and Junior swimmers all ready to go. The Club did so well, Fraser winning the Junior Boys Section, Danny 2nd in his category, closely followed by brother James. Ruthie (not in photo) winning her group, as did Helen and Karen 3rd. Great results from everyone in perfect weather.

In Photo: Danny, James, Maddie, Elaine, Claire , Fraser, Helen, Pam, Karen. Also swam Ruthie & Sara.


A small contingent of swimmers from Southport made the journey to Budapest to compete in the most amazing facilities there. An abundance of 50m pools, indoor and out in a beautiful setting, remembered fondly by Neil Jackson who also swam there in the Olympics of the 60’s. Unfortunately he was unable to compete this time due to injury, but the ladies all did well, Ruthie Cartwright competing at this level after a short break was extremely pleased with her results, and even braved the Open Water Swim! Doreen Gordon had a great week, winning two Bronze Medals in the Freestyle events, and 4th and 6th place medals too. Helen Jenkins gained a bronze medal in the 200m Breast, 4th in 200 bk, 100bk and 100 breast, and 5th in 50m breast. Meanwhile daughter Emma, making a comeback after illness did a personal best time in every event, and finished in top ten for 100 breast, and top 20 in 400 medley. The following week Karen Barton made the journey up to Scotland and swam the Loch Lomand Open Water event, finishing in first place in her age group. Well done to Karen!
Please see Events Calendar for forthcoming events.

A good group of swimmers from Southport Swimming Club made the relatively short journey to the Olympic Park in London for the 2016 European Masters Swimming Championships, which followed on from the elite swimmers the previous week.
Some 10,000 swimmers took to the water in some epic swimming over very long days. Competitors ranged in age from 25yrs to 85yrs plus, competing in a full range of events. Helen Jenkins won her first ever back stroke medal internationally in the 200m backstroke finishing in 1st place. She also finished in Silver position in the 100m and 200m breaststroke. Competitors were only allowed to enter 3 events due to the huge entry. Also swimming well was Doreen Gordon who finished 8th in the 50m freestyle. Southport’s 280yrs relay team also finished in final heat in the 200m 4 x 50 medley and Freestyle relays, coming 7th & 8th respectively. The team was Rod Barton, Helen, Doreen and Tom Kelleher.
Many of the swimmers competed individually as well as relays, amongst them were Rachel Kenny and Sara Lang on freestyle/fly, Hannah Burgess, Rod Barton and Tom Kelleher on breaststroke, Karen Barton and Tom Lowndes backstroke, Patrick Farmar, Andy Pratt on freestyle. Ruthie Cartwright swam well in 800, 400 free and 50m breaststroke, and Tony Scott did very well to finish in the top 20 on 200 Fly and also swam well in 50m fly.
Also swimming in relays with the above were Emma Jenkins, Maddie Fishlock, Catherine Lapsley and Elaine Cooke. In one heat it was great to see Southport in the first two positions, even in different age groups. Rod & Karen Barton both finished in the top twenty in their respective age groups, which was excellent. All the swimmers were pleased with their times and the opportunity to swim in this fantastic pool.
Training for Masters takes place at Dunes Leisure Centre on a Tuesday/Thursday at 8.30pm and at Slaidburn on a Sunday from 7-8pm. Anyone welcome to come along for a ‘taster’ session.

A group of Ladies from Southport SC Masters made the journey to Sheffield the first weekend in April for the British Swimming Championships.
There was a full capacity of entries over the three day weekend, with many World, European and National records broken.
Southport Ladies 160yrs Freestyle team started the weekend well by finishing 3rd in the 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay. On the same day Doreen Gordon & Helen Jenkins swam in the 100m backstroke, Helen finishing 2nd and Doreen 4th. Sara Lang finished 7th in the same event. Over the weekend Doreen also finished 2nd in the 50m Freestyle and 5th in the 50m Backstroke. Hannah Burgess entered her first National competition swimming the 100m Breaststroke, a great experience for the forthcoming European Masters in May. Sara also competed in the 200m individual medley and 50m butterfly, finishing in the top ten in both.The Ladies relay team also entered the Medley Relay, coming in 4th place. The team were Hannah, Elaine Cooke, Maddie Fishlock and Catherine Lea.
Helen Jenkins also came 4th in 50m Back, and 2nd in 200m backstroke and 2nd in 200m/100m breaststroke, then finally won the 50m breaststroke.
Jubilee Swim London
Two teams of ladies entered the Jubilee Swim and had a wonderful day, Southport Shiverers finished in 6th and Sandgrounders in 8th, a great result at the first attempt.10




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